Photographing The World 1: Landscape Photography and Post-Processing with Elia Locardi

Fstoppers.com has teamed up with Elia Locardi to produce Photographing The World: Landscape Photography & Post-processing. With 15 lessons and more than 12 hours of video content, this tutorial will take you from the on-location capture all the way through Elia's post-processing techniques in the studio.  To produce a truly unique landscape tutorial unlike any other, we traveled to both Iceland and New Zealand so we could teach lessons in two completely different climates and seasons.  From waterfalls and ice caves in Iceland to lakes and ocean sides in New Zealand, Photographing the World has something for everyone interested in landscape photography.  

 

Meet Elia

Elia Locardi is an internationally acclaimed professional travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, writer, public speaker and highly experienced educator who spends his life shooting some of the most beautiful locations in the world. Location independent since March of 2012, he and his wife live a 100% mobile lifestyle, perpetually traveling from country to country, continuously circling the globe. Since he began traveling full-time in 2009, he has visited more than 50 countries and flown over one million miles.

Elia Locardi Landscape Photography Tutorial Video
Using a combination of traditional in-camera techniques, targeted times of day, and advanced post-processing methods, Elia has developed a widely recognized and highly unique style of travel photography. With each photograph, his goal is to share his vision so others can see the world as he does, full of color, texture, depth and emotion. Fstoppers is excited to team up with Elia to share his photography process from the moment the image is captured all the way to the final post production rendering.

Here are a couple of Before and After Examples included in the Landscape Photography Tutorial

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Landscape Photography Video Tutorial Before - New ZealandLandscape Photography Video Tutorial After - New Zealand

The full landscape photography tutorial is broken down into 15 lessons, plus an Intro to Gear and Intro to the Basics, which covers all of the gear, scouting tips, composition techniques, and camera settings Elia uses on a daily basis to create his stunning imagery. With the tutorial download, you will also receive access to his RAW files and reference Photoshop PSD files.  This means you can follow along with your own edits as Elia teaches you every step of his streamlined workflow.  From simple layer masking techniques to complex blending with luminosity masks, this tutorial will give you the tools to make stunning landscape photographs yourself. 

This tutorial includes 15 lessons and post processing sessions

What’s included in the Digital Download:

  • 12+ Hours of Video Content (1080p, 23.9fps, H.264 mpg4, over 25GB of material)

  • 15 On Location and Studio Post-processing Lessons

  • Intro to the Basics of Photography

  • Overview of every piece of photography gear Elia uses and why

  • Full RAW files and companion software catalogs so you can follow along (Lightroom, PSD, and CaptureONE)

  • 8 Behind the Scenes episodes of our experiences traveling and filming this incredible project

  • Private Elia Facebook Group access for extended education and photo sharing

Follow along and edit your own versions of each image

For these video tutorials, our goal is for you to be able to jump right in and create world class images from day one. So instead of teaching just the basic buttons, sliders and software, we are going to be working on the actual files we captured together in the field. As we go along, the complexity will ramp up, and new tools and techniques will be added in each lesson as you follow along.  By the end of this tutorial you will know how to use Elia's workflow to produce stunning landscape images of your own.  

What is covered in this tutorial:

  • Photography Basics (ISO, Shutter Speed, Aperture, White Balance, etc)
  • Overview of best lenses and gear for Landscape photography
  • Tips for better composition
  • Focus Stacking and maximizing depth of field
  • Bracketing and multi exposure blending
  • Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Solid Neutral Density Filters
  • Blurring water and skies with long exposures
  • Building Panoramic images
  • Dealing with Sun Flare
  • Understanding Light (Golden Hour, Blue Hour, Sunrise and Sunset)
  • Using lens compression to your advantage
  • Removing and adding the human element into your images
  • Polarizers​
  • Bracketing and multiple exposure blending
  • RAW Processing and Editing Workflow
  • Color correction and image adjustment
  • Basic object removal, painting, and cloning
  • Masking and Layering Techniques
  • Introduction to Luminosity Masking
  • Time Blending (combining exposures shot at different times)

When building the lessons for this tutorial, it was important for us to teach not only the technical aspects of landscape photography but also the creative and subjective artistry that makes this genre so popular.  With this in mind, each lesson contains new challenges and new solutions to help you become better equipped when out in the field.  

Bonus Fstoppers Behind the Scenes

As an extra bonus, Lee and Patrick have edited 8 short behind the scenes episode of their travels with Elia and Naomi Locardi.  These videos act as a personal diary through both Iceland and New Zealand, giving you an intimate look into how each lesson was filmed and produced.  Living life out of a suitcase while carrying 100s of pounds of camera gear isn't always the most glamorous lifestyle but it does makes for some great entertainment.  

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Two Additional Photographing the World Tutorials!

If you are not aware, Photographing the World 1 is only part of the Photographing the World series. If you are new to Elia's work or are looking for the most comprehensive education on landscape and cityscape photography, we have combined multiple tutorials below with additional savings. For more information on either of these other tutorials, head over to the tutorial page for Photographing the World 2 as well as Photographing the World 3

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172 Comments

Its my pleasure Lee

Elia Locardi's picture

I'm with Lee here - Wow! Thank you for the awesome review Pranjal!

Without a doubt this is the best online tutorial that I've ever seen, your guys are amazing! Elia you are such a good teacher, I really enjoyed watching all of the episodes, it's so easy to understand you. My favorite is definitely a Pancake Rocks video, I was able to learn so many new tips and techniques..

I highly recommend this tutorial, and looking forward to next episodes about cityscape photography!

Elia Locardi's picture

Thanks for the feedback Kristijan! Pancake Rocks is one of my favorites too. :)

simon bratt's picture

Hi, Maybe a simple question but its important, what's the size of the download, is it one big file? 12 hours...HD...its going to be massive right? It isn't just streaming is it?

It is around 15 separate 2gb zip folders that open up into mp4 files and then working raw and photoshop files

What an incredible tutorial guys!!! This has refueled my desire to go out and shoot even more. On top of that it might sounds crazy but these lessons are my motivation to wake up and do cardio on a treadmill while watching them on my iphone for the last couple of days!! jajaja

Ditto to what everyone else has said, the quality of the footage and audio from Patrick Hall and Lee Morris , and amazing presenting skills, photography mastery and clear explanations of Elia Locardi make this one of the best tutorial/learning programs I have experienced. Thanks for making this a reality it has taken my photography skills to a whole new level!

mark allan's picture

i so would like to purchase this but having just been ripped off trying to buy a new camera i am flat broke grrrr
ps Elia
would love to get to meet you if you ever come back Sydney Australia

Curtis David's picture

Not only do I love this tutorial, does anyone know what kind of Mac Elia is working on? I love that thing.

Elia Locardi's picture

What you're actually seeing is a 27" Cintiq Pen and Touch running off of a 15" Retina Macbook Pro. The Macbook is hidden from the camera. http://bit.ly/wacom-cintiq

Andrew Keane's picture

I came to photography through Photoshop having taught myself from books and the internet how to work most of it and deciding I needed my own photos. I’d discovered Elia’s Blame the Moneky site years ago and thought, ‘Wow! That’s the sort of images I want to capture’. I dutifully read his early tutorials on how to do HDR using Photomatix and tried my own, which were never as good and looking back, pretty overcooked to start with.

Over the years I’ve continued to self-teach using Creative Live, Kelby Training, YouTube, Fstoppers, Calvin Hollywood’s Photofreaks and lots of books, practice and talking to other photogs. I eventually became semi-pro. So when I saw the Fstoppers were going to do a set of tutorials with Elia I was stoked and waited patiently for months for them to come out.

They final came out and I was initially hesitant due to the pricing and because I already knew a lot about Photoshop. However, I took the punt as I was a great admired Elia’s methods and philosophy. Now having watched every single one it would be unfair to compare these to other training sites. Sure they are a bit more expensive, but so it a Porsche compared to a Toyota, and with these tutes you are getting the Porsche of tutorials.

Elia’s teaching style in easy to follow and structured in a way that gets progressively more advanced with each video. The files he provides to work along with also are high quality and help the lessons stick in the memory. The video quality is amazing on a HD TV and worth watching just for the drone imagery. It's so good, I’ve gone and bought myself a drone so I can create these types of pictures.

Elia’s starts with the basics so beginner photographers will learn heaps from these. Having a good grasp of Photoshop and its associated plugins, I was really happy with just how much I learnt from the videos. More importantly, I picked up a lot of tips about photography and composition generally. I can highly recommend them to anyone who wants to develop their landscape photography, no matter how experienced you might be.

I have gone now and reworked my images from a recent NZ trip using the stuff I've learnt and they are so much better. I thought I was happy with them before, but now applying some of Elia’s workflow they are far more evocative and full of rich vibrant colour without looking too over the top. It has also inspired me to get my Wacom tablet back out and try again to master it.

These really are worth every penny.
The behind the scenes stuff is entertaining too, loved the bungie section.

Kevin Head's picture

Elia & Fstoppers, I applaud you guys

Love this tutorial, even tho I've only watched the first couple of videos I can't give them enough praise. Unlike others in this group who have tried other e learning courses this is my first. From what I've seen so far I'm blown away with the quality and depth of knowledge shared by Elia Locardi both in the field and back at the studio. Having never really edited any of my photos and only within the last 8 months started shooting RAW, I've got lots to learn from everyone.
I consider the cost of this course as a great investment in taking my photography to the next level, and given myself a buzz to get more into landscape photography. I think this will be the first of many courses.

Thank you

Vincent Chiang's picture

One of the most easy to follow video tutorials. From photographing the scene to making it your art piece in post. Excellent learning and entertaining value. I hope the next video tutorial will be released soon. I am really looking forward to it.

A little feedback, I do hope to see more workflow using luminosity mask. I think is an essential tool for landscapes and cityscapes works.

Cheers

Elia Locardi's picture

Thanks for the nice compliment Vincent. I'm very happy to hear you enjoyed the tutorials. :) Just curious, did you make it thought the entire course? I cover luminosity masking towards the end of Iceland and into New Zealand.

Vincent Chiang's picture

Yes I do. What I meant was perhaps creating your own masks, targeted mask and how to refine the masks. For instance, when I want to brighten my shadows, i usually want to keep the really dark area unaffected to maintain contrast.